Maciu Malo Fiji Times - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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PEOPLE of Vuda have been reminded to uphold their tradition and culture and adhere to a decent dress code during the mourning period of their late chief and former President of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu.
Villagers and visitors have been urged to follow protocol.
Taukei Sawaieke Ratu Tevita Momoedonu said some villagers had turned deaf ears on calls made by the chiefs of Vuda regarding the dress code.
"The people are reminded to observe this solemn period that we are going through in Vuda," said Ratu Tevita.
"The dress code is very important because it portrays the image of the vanua of Vuda.
"Women should be wear black dress while men are to wear black sulu and white short-sleeve shirts."
He said Vuda was well known for the uniqueness of its culture and it was important for its people to set a good example.
Ratu Tevita said all people that roamed around the chiefly bure and its surrounding compound should wear the traditional mourning dress. "Trousers are not allowed to be worn during the mourning period," he said.
He pleaded with mourners planning to attend the funeral to abide by the rules.
Villagers along the Queen's Highway are expected to enforce their own protocols.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
IN adhering to the traditional itaukei protocol during the period of mourning, the vanua of Vuda requires the observation of the following taboo in the village:
* No footwear
* No jewellery
* No umbrella
* No tied hair
* No handbags to be worn on the shoulder, including camera bags.
For women - black-sleeved dress or sulu-i-ra or black top with long skirt
For men - black sulu vakataga and whilte short/ long sleeve shirt